Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May I Introduce You To Adia Beading

Doing some face-painting at an orphanage in Uganda

Some of you may know that I went to Africa a couple summers ago with African Leadership and while I'm at it, I may as well mention that I'm a chair for Ellie's Run for Africa.  I'm passionate about Africa, about being an advocate for the people there.  It's not often in fashion that I'm able to incorporate this, but here's one I wanted to introduce you to----Adia Beading.  

This piece is $28 and would be perfect mixed 
with a couple of longer thin, gold chains

While she was a junior in college, Ali Carroll went on a trip to Kenya.  After witnessing such extreme poverty, she looked for a way to help, and found it in her jewelry-making.  After buying some Kenyan-made beads while in Africa, she began experimenting after she returned to the states and sold the pieces she made, giving 100% of the profits back to the Kenyans.  Ali returned the next summer to train the women to make the jewelry themselves, and she ultimately ended up employing them to do so.  Adia Beading now employs six women in Ndathi, Kenya.

I've got three pieces of Adia myself and and lots of my Nashville girlfriends have them as well. You can have 'em too by going to the new Adia Beading website!  They really are great everyday pieces that you can just add to a tank or you can dress up.

Here's what the website says about how you can get involved:  "You have an opportunity to partner with Adia Beading in providing Kenyan women with 'valuable gifts'—jobs and reliable incomes through which they can support their households, pay for their children's education, and provide health care for their families. All you have to do is purchase one of these beautiful pieces of jewelry, and you are giving the gift of dignified employment to women in Ndathi, Kenya. So please, browse and enjoy the valuable gifts these women have created for you, and remember, you can be a part of the gift-giving too."


ashley said...

i cant wait to buy some. i'll spread the word.

Kristi said...

amber, this is really great.
thanks for sharing. check out for another good product; some friends of mine in India work with them.